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Declamationes maiores


Pseudo-Quintilian; author
Sinibaldi, Antonio da Carmignano di Francesco; scribe
; production
; production


Frank McClean


illuminated manuscript


other; type of text


circa 1480 circa 1485


fifteenth century, fourth quarter


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii modern parchment flyleaves + iii sixteenth-century parchment flyleaves + xi blank parchment leaves + 209 fols. + iii modern parchment flyleaves, 277 x 180 mm (160 x 97 mm), 24 long lines, ruled in hard point, catchwords, alphabetical quire marks, one leaf missing before fol. 1 and another after fol. 8.

BINDING: Late nineteenth or early twentieth century, light brown skin over wooden boards, blind-tooled with floral motifs, gilt edges, by Joseph William Zaehnsdorf (1853-1930), London.

CONTENTS: fols. 2r-207r Pseudo-Quintilian, Declamationes maiores, with some argumenta, in the following order: 2, 1, 8, 13-19, 3-11

ORNAMENTATION: Thirty-one faceted initials [4-6 ll.] in gold and colour on square bas-relief grounds of dark blue, purple, green or red, each painted with classicising motifs (armour, mythical beasts and sea creatures, nudes and heads, flowers) in liquid gold or silver, and each accompanied by a single-sided border consisting of floral and classical elements (garlanded bull’s heads, portrait roundels, putto’s heads, crossed shields), the whole on shredded grounds of green, purple or red (fols. 3v, 22v [2], 35v, 36r, 53v [2], 64v [2], 71r, 79v [2], 97r [2], 107r, 116v [2], 126r [2], 134r [2], 153v [2], 167v [2], 176v [2], 189v [2], 200v [2]); rubrics in pale red epigraphic capitals (not all executed).

Place (legacy):

Italy, production, region
Florence, place
Rome, place


Florence and Rome.


illumination; whole


parchment; support
gold; medium




bequeathed; 1904; McClean, Frank


Probably copied for Cardinal Giovanni d’Aragona (1456-1485); Mario Maffei of Volterra (1463-1537); his gift to Paulo Giovio (1485-1552) (painted panel on fol. ii verso: MARIVS MAFFEVS VOLATERRAN. HVNC LIBRVM PAVLLO IOVIO HISTORIARUM SCRIP ILLUSTR D.D.); by descent to Giovanni Batttista Giovio (1748-1814) (notes on fol. ii verso); purchased by Frank McClean (1837-1904) in 1892 from Ulrico Hoepli in Milan; his bequest, 1904.


McClean, Frank; previous owner
Hoepli, Ulrico; previous owner
Giovio, Giovanni Batttista; previous owner
Giovio, Paulo; previous owner
Maffei of Volterra, Mario; previous owner
Cardinal Giovanni d’Aragona; previous owner


secundo folio; fol. 1r, originally the second folio; domus totus turbatur
secundo folio; fol. 2r; paulisper accommodasset


Splendours of Italian Illumination: Romanesque - Gothic - Renaissance. 1989 - 1990
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Notes: unpublished handlist of an exhibition held in the Adeane gallery, October 1989 - February 1990
Catalogue number: 102


James, Montague Rhodes, Dr. 1912. A descriptive catalogue of the McClean Collection of Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press
pp. 308-10, pl. XCV

Bollati, M.. 2004. Dizionario dei miniatori italiani.Milan: p. 649
Marcon in Bollati 2004

Armstrong, L.. 1981. Renaissance Miniature Painters and Classical Imagery: The Master of the Putti and his Venetian Workshop.London: Harvey Miller Publishers
p. 136, no. 52, fig. 108

Morgan, Nigel. Panayotova, Stella. Reynolds, Suzanne. 2011. A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges. Part Two. Vols. 1-2: Italy and the Iberian Peninsula.London: Harvey Miller Publishers
cat. no. 260

de la Mare, A. C.. Questa, C.. Raffaelli, R.. 1984. The Florentine Scribes of Cardinal Giovanni of Aragon.Urbino:
Source Title: Il libro e il testo. Atti del Convegno Internazionale, Urbino, 20-23 Settembre 1982(1984) : 243-93

pp. 261, 277, no. 35

de la Mare, A. C.. Garzelli, A.. 1985. New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence.Florence:
Source Title: Miniatura fiorentina del Rinascimento 1440-1525: Un primo censimento I (1985) : 395-600
p. 486

Ruysschaert, José. 1958. Recherches des deux bibliothèques romaines Maffei des XVe et XVIe siècles.
Source Title: La Bibliofilia 60 (1958) : 306-355

p. 319, no. 3


Object Number: MS McClean 160
(Manuscripts and Printed Books)
(record id: 178385; input: 2010-11-04; modified: 2017-04-25)


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